About Rotary

Who We Are

“Rotary is a group of like-minded individuals who like to have fun and make a difference in the world.” – Tom, Burlington North

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 31,000 Rotary clubs located in 166 countries.

Rotary membership represents a cross-section of the community’s business and professional men and women. It is an organization open to all people.

The main objective of Rotary is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today’s most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development. The Rotary motto is Service Above Self.

“Rotary serves our immediate community to help those in need. Rotary is the only service club that takes on global issues and is responsible for eliminating polio throughout the world. I can only imagine what Rotarians will do next.” – Kathy, Burlington Central

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What We Do

“Rotary has been a beacon of light in a lifetime where one can be easily sidetracked into entirely selfish pursuits” – Jim, Burlington Lakeshore

The work of Rotary begins in the community, and every community has its own unique needs and concerns. While we serve in countless ways, we’ve developed six areas of focus to maximize our impact on the world. These areas encompass some of the world’s most critical and widespread humanitarian needs, and we have a proven record of success in addressing them.

For more information, please visit Rotary International.